It’s not obvious why the attachment of baskets to bicycles should be gender-related, but in fact one observes that 100% of the bicycles with baskets on the front handlebars are ridden by women. In fact I find the effect feminine and charming, but I suspect that’s because of the riders.


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From: DaveW (Jul 14 2008, at 23:37)

See David Hembrow as one example

He makes custom baskets and it appears from his website many customers are male.

I think you are looking from a North American perspective, try Denamrk or Netherlands for a different view.

Baskets are very practical and so used in countries where bikes are used in practical ways.


From: John Cowan (Jul 14 2008, at 23:47)

Bike baskets are the analogue of purses and carrier-bags generally, and probably reflect women's original role as food gatherers.

(Me, I wear a backpack.)


From: Russ (Jul 14 2008, at 23:48)

Men use plastic milk crates to carry our extraterrestrials.



From: Janne (Jul 15 2008, at 01:44)

Probably a cultural thing. In Osaka men and women alike use baskets. Also, both mostly use bicycles with a "low step" frame, without an upper crossbar, whereas that would be used only by women in Sweden.


From: aharden (Jul 15 2008, at 06:14)

Baskets are like purses. Handlebar-mounted utility bags (like I use) are like backpacks.


From: dr2chase (Jul 15 2008, at 08:33)

I've observed much the same thing, but I have a hard time calling that "cargo".

THIS is cargo:

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From: Ian Phillips (Jul 15 2008, at 09:07)

Where I am (London) it's pretty gender specific as well, men seem to prefer panniers over the rear wheel if they have some form of storage attached to the bike at all.


From: Dominic Mitchell (Jul 15 2008, at 12:30)

I beg to differ. I've been riding my brompton with a bag for years. I find it excellent to the alternative of a rucksack and sweaty back. Especially with a the weight of most laptops


From: Avi Bryant (Jul 15 2008, at 12:50)

When I lived in Holland, the classic male pose was to have one hand on the handlebar, and the other hand behind him supporting a large square object balanced on the rat-trap - usually a case of beer, sometimes a television, and occasionally as large as an armchair.

Also acceptable (and common) on the rat-trap would be a woman or child, but they can balance themselves.

But for serious cargo you need what the Dutch call a bakfiets, which you can get in Vancouver at . Sadly, their whole site is Flash so I can't post a direct link.


From: David Herron (Jul 15 2008, at 13:17)

Yeah, I think I've seen the same thing, though I also think I rarely see handlebar mounted carriers.

I do a lot of utility cargo carrying with my bicycles and have collected links to a whole range of cargo carrying products for bicycles. My current setup is a topeak rack with a bag and side baskets, and when I do grocery shopping etc I hook up a trailer to haul behind the bicycle.


From: Michael (Jul 16 2008, at 06:34)

That's because men carry serious things on their bikes .. like other bikes:


From: Alper Çuğun (Jul 25 2008, at 13:17)

The more heavy duty cargo carriers are as seen on this type of bike:

The much coveted Dutch ‘slagersfiets’ (trans.: butchers bike) or transport bike with a complete blog dedicated to it:


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